Old 16th Feb 2013, 13:00
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Some good advice there.

One check you can make (we do!) is to look at the charity's accounts on the Charity Commission website. Some that we thought about hadn't filed their accounts for years (the CC doesn't follow up, although the law says charities must file annually). Some spent over 50% of the money on what I'd classify as "administration" (you do need to be able to "read" accounts to spot this). Some sat on the money for years before doing anything with it.

Some spent the money on clearly-defined projects, with details in the accounts - and photographs etc.

With "local" charities, it's easy to follow up and see the work being done. With large/international ones, their websites often show projects and how much was spend on them.
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